Statement by Ambassador Krzysztof Szczerski, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations, issued on the occasion of the UN Security Council meeting on the implementation of the Minsk Agreements held on 17 February 2022

Ambassador Krzysztof Szczerski, Permanent Representative of Poland to the United Nations in New York.

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Poland fully and strongly stands up for the respect of international law, the principles enshrined in the UN Charter and the rules-based international order.

The current situation around Ukraine remains the most blatant example of violations of those commonly agreed principles, thus undermining the foundations of the UN Charter that for all of us should be at the heart of international order.

Therefore we welcome that the UN Security Council convened today to discuss this matter of key importance for the maintenance of the international peace and security.

We have no doubt that any sustainable, political solution to the conflict in and around Ukraine must fully respect sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity, and independence of Ukraine. The Minsk Agreements, to be implemented with the full respect of the above-mentioned principles, remain the basis of any efforts to resolve this conflict.

We believe that reaching a diplomatic solution remains possible and feasible. The Renewed European Security Dialogue initiative, recently proposed by Poland under our 2022 OSCE Chairmanship, marks an important step intended to defuse the currently tense security situation. We welcome to have heard a number of delegations referring to this initiative in their statements today.

The Republic of Poland strongly supports the political settlement process, undertaken in the Normandy format and the Trilateral Contact Group, and we praise the valuable engagement of the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM). The extension of the SMM mandate beyond 31 March and ensuring that the SMM is provided with unrestricted and unconditional access throughout Ukraine are of utmost importance.

We reaffirm our readiness to engage in constructive cooperation on the UN fora towards finding a peaceful solution that will prevent further casualties and will put an end to the ongoing human suffering.

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